6.8/10
1,395
9 user 17 critic

Silicon Cowboys (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 16 September 2016 (USA)
Trailer
2:38 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

Director:

Jason Cohen
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970's, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combatting ... See full summary »

Director: Tomaso Walliser
Stars: Chuck Peddle, Jack Tramiel, Steve Wozniak
El fin de ETA (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

From the "socialization of suffering" to peace in the Basque Country: with extraordinary access to the principal players, this is the story of a 10 year process, which began with secret ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Webster
Stars: Jesús Eguiguren, Arnaldo Otegi, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Writer/director Ted Braun follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.

Director: Ted Braun
Stars: William Ackman
Documentary | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Bitcoin is the most disruptive invention since the Internet, and now an ideological battle is underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism. The film shows the players who are defining how this technology will shape our lives.

Director: Christopher Cannucciari
Stars: Wences Casares, Nathanial Popper, Gavin Andresen
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Follows the people racing to bring the hot new 3D printing technology to your home, documenting the "Macintosh Moment" of this revolution and exploring what it takes to live the American Dream.

Directors: Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel
Stars: Chris Anderson, Bruce Bradshaw, Craig Broady
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and other experts give their views on the rise, fall and come back of Apple with Steve Jobs at the helm.

Directors: Laura Craig Gray, Tristan Quinn
Stars: Evan Davis, Steve Jobs, Daniel Kottke
Being AP (2015)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

'Being AP' premiered at Toronto Film Festival 2015, and documents one of Northern Ireland's greatest ever sportsmen during his last racing season. The story of AP's final season is a ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke
Stars: Tony McCoy
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A conversation with Steve Jobs as he was running NeXT, the company he had founded after leaving Apple.

Director: Paul Sen
Stars: Steve Jobs, Robert X. Cringely
Chaos on the Bridge (TV Movie 2014)
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the struggle to create the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

Director: William Shatner
Stars: William Shatner, D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold
Tig (2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The personal Biography of Tig Notaro, a Stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer.

Directors: Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York
Stars: Stephanie Allynne, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of immigrant Harry DeLeyer and the plow horse he rescued from slaughter.

Director: Ron Davis
Stars: Harry DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer, Andre DeLeyer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

How the Commodore Amiga helped influence a generation of Developers to take Video Gaming to a whole new level.

Directors: Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield
Stars: Shahid Ahmad, Richard Aplin, Brian Bagnall
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Rod Canion Rod Canion
Jim Harris Jim Harris
Bill Murto Bill Murto
Edit

Storyline

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They risked their future to create ours_


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silicon Cowboys See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,724, 16 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,724, 16 September 2016
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zipper Bros Films,Campfire See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Houston The Action Town
Written & Performed by Weldon Bonner
Published by Tradition Music Co. (BMI)
All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Arhoolie Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent!
1 June 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM, for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

I always love these documentaries about tech companies and the Internet and so forth. Having grown up in the 1980s, this feels like such an integral part of my life. I was more computer literate at 14 than I am now at 36... I could build computers, diagnose problems, and now I wouldn't try.

And Compaq is an important part of that story. Doors were opened for other companies (such as Dell) and really ended the way we think about PCs. I do not equate IBM and PC, and almost never have, due in part to Compaq. Whereas we have never seen this same thing happen to Apple... which strategy works best?


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed